Accidentally locking yourself out of the car can happen to anyone.
Needless to say, moments like this can be stressful, not to mention embarrassing! It’s such a silly mistake; “How could I do this?!” you think to yourself.
As a result, some car owners prefer to keep the matter to themselves rather than asking for help from anyone. They conclude that help is too far away and try to get inside their car themselves.
This is where the mistakes start.
Instead of taking matters into your own hands, let a certified auto locksmith look after you.
A Bayside auto locksmith can get you back on the road quickly... and importantly, safely!
Mistake #1: Flying into panic mode when you get locked out
While easier said than done, one of the best things you can do when you lock yourself out is to stay calm while waiting for an auto locksmith to get you back in.
Getting anxious in situations like this won’t make your car unlock itself or make the situation pass faster.
Moreover, it can push you to take drastic action you might end up regretting afterwards.
Some car owners get impatient when they panic. They might feel helpless - why not do something to solve the dilemma?
Whatever the cause, the result is often the same drastic action. We’re talking broken windows and attempts to crowbar doors open.
Needless to say, this often leads to regrettable consequences!
Simply put, panicking gets you nowhere. A professional auto locksmith on the other hand gets you back inside your car - all you have to do is stay calm and wait!
And while we’re on the topic of panic...
Mistake #2: Not checking everywhere for your car keys
Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.
Think about every time you’ve scrambled around the house in a mad rush looking for your phone or glasses, only to find them on the kitchen bench (or on your head!).
It happens to keys too!
It may sound silly, but many times when drivers find themselves locked out of their car, they lose their normal cool. Panic stops them from focusing on the situation - as a result, some never check whether their car keys are with them or where they were last seen.
So, pause. Take a breath. Check your bag and pockets properly.
Just another reason to keep your cool when your keys disappear!
Mistake #3: Forcibly trying to unlock car doors
We’re going to be blunt: trying to wedge your car door open is a bad idea, end of story.
If your car’s locked, it’s almost impossible to get back in using a wedge, coat hanger or a metal rod… or at least, without seriously damaging your car door!
Not to mention, these methods offer a low probability of success. While they might have worked a couple of decades ago, car locks have advanced to the point where these methods are no longer effective.
Instead of going for the DIY route, we recommend calling an emergency auto locksmith.
With years of experience and training, a car locksmith can help you get back into your car quickly. You can be confident we’ll get the job done… without damage.
Mistake #4: Smashing your car window!
No. Just… no.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, or so the saying goes. But smashing your car window to get back inside your car? That’s just a bad idea.
Firstly, it won’t be covered by your auto insurance company. That means the cost for repairs will be coming straight from your own pocket.
Not to mention, you’ll have to drive your car back home. Without a window? In this weather? No thanks.
Mistake #5: Not searching for an emergency auto locksmith!
Smashing a window is (probably) the worst mistake you can make when locked out.
The second? Not searching for an auto locksmith near you that can solve your problem.
Any auto locksmith worth their salt will offer mobile, on-site solutions. After all, you’re locked out of the car!
What many stranded motorists do when giving in to panic is completely forgetting that a mobile auto locksmith is even an option.
Don’t become one of them. Avoid this by saving the number of an emergency auto locksmith for situations just like these.
Finding a truly local auto locksmith
When finding an auto locksmith, it’s a good idea to learn how large their service area is. If you drive mostly around the western suburbs, an auto locksmith based in the south-east won’t be much help.
Instead, choose an auto locksmith whose stomping ground overlaps with yours. For example, while Galmier Locksmiths goes as far as Tullamarine Airport in certain circumstances, our main service area is Bayside.
This is a good habit to get into with all sorts of domestic emergencies. Save the numbers of a trustworthy plumber, electrician and mechanic to your phone because once you find a good one, you ought to never let them go.
Call an auto locksmith you can trust - call Galmier Locksmiths!
The best way to avoid making one of these mistakes when you lock yourself out is to get help from an experienced auto locksmith.
Galmier Locksmiths comes to you when you lock yourself out. We show up when we say we will and we provide quality service, backed by warranty and work guarantee.
Alternatively, save our number: 0407 022 234 - you never know when you might need help for your car key troubles!